hickcrazy1, August 15, 2010 (view all comments by hickcrazy1)
I am a collector of gaffe quotations and I truly appreciate the effort composing this book required. The changes such punctuation brings to a notice or a menu item can be really hilarious. This book is a fine time passer and a great gift item.
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As an editor, I have a "special" place in my heart for the unintentional hilarity caused by grammatical gaffes, unfortunate typos, and poor punctuation, so Bethany Keeley's Book of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks gave me plenty of chuckles.
by Sheila A.
"Review A Day"
by Megan Zabel, Powells.com,
"You've seen them on billboards, church marquees, and bathroom stalls: a pair of renegade quotation marks that ultimately results in an unfortunate, unintentional innuendo. You might think that a book comprised solely of photos of publicly displayed punctuation gaffes, accompanied by witty commentary, might get old after awhile. Well, you would be wrong.
The Book of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks, based on the popular blog created by Bethany Keeley, features reader-contributed photos of these superfluous punctuation faux pas. (read the entire Powells.com review)
In this celebration of creative punctuation, Keeley surveys the havoc wreaked by quotation marks on signs, menus, placards, and posters that leave reality upended by supposed facts.
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